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Red Rock West (1993)

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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

John Dahl, Rick Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Michael
Craig Reay ... Jim
Vance Johnson Vance Johnson ... Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel Robert Apel ... Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden Bobby Joe McFadden ... Old Man
J.T. Walsh ... Wayne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Suzanne
Dale Gibson ... Kurt
Ted Parks Ted Parks ... Cashier
Babs Bram Babs Bram ... Receptionist
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... Doctor
Sarah Sullivan Sarah Sullivan ... Nurse
Timothy Carhart ... Deputy Greytack
Dan Shor ... Deputy Bowman
Dennis Hopper ... Lyle
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Storyline

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle. Written by Rob Hartill

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...All Roads Lead To Intrigue. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiració a Red Rock West See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,502,551
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The late William Olvis (he passed away May 6, 2014) wrote the musical score that added so much to its suspense of this movie. He's famous for his beautiful soundtrack for the TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and has scored 18 other movies. See more »

Goofs

When Michael Williams is leaving the ranch after fighting Lyle he is clearly seen tucking his gun into the back of his pants, yet in the next shot he still has the gun in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Truck Driver: [points gun at Michael's head] Does that tickle? 'Cause it won't if I pull the trigger! What the hell are you doing on my truck?
Michael Williams: Sorry boss, I didn't mean to scare 'ya.
Truck Driver: [Smiles and points the gun closer] Do I look scared to you? What the hell are you doing on my truck?
Michael Williams: I was just trying to ditch my old lady.
Truck Driver: You were WHAT?
Michael Williams: Yeah, she caught me in the barn, and I wasn't supposed to be there, and she started sproutin' horns and shit.
Truck Driver: Bullshit. Bullshit.
[cocks gun and smiles]
Truck Driver: Look at that ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Mom & Dad See more »

Connections

Referenced in Baja (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

HIGHWAY 29
Written by W. Seth Russell
Performed by Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs
Courtesy of Triple X Records
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Leaves You Shaking Your Head!
14 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is an excellent modern-day film noir...."excellent" in that it's interesting, start-to-finish. There are some holes in here and some goofy parts that make you shake your head in disbelief.....but I haven't found anyone who didn't get caught up in this story. The movie has the right amount of action, suspense, plot twists and interesting characters. In addition, it sports some nice colors and cinematography plus a good guitar-based soundtrack.

I labeled this crime movie a "film noir" because it's gritty and the all the characters are no good. Even the only supposed-good guy, played by Nicholas Cage, gets himself in trouble by lying and has a quick affair he should't have. He also does something at the end which isn't right, but I'm not going the spoil it by saying. Suffice to say, however, that the rest of the characters are so bad they make Cage look good!

Speaking of "bad guys," does anyone do it better than Dennis Hopper? Not many. At least in the "deranged" category, he's tough to beat. Lara Flynn Boyle is fun to watch for a bunch of reasons. J.T. Walsh gives another great supporting performance, too.

This is one of those films that never got much publicity, but it should have. You'll have fun watching this. By the way, try saying the name of this movie out loud three times fast without messing it up!


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